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Shan Diary, Issue No.20, August 2008
People in Shan State forced to join local militias
The Burma Army has been forcing villagers in Shan State to join pro-junta local militia forces, according to reliable sources.
ENC: Rigged election results won’t make lawful regime
The legitimacy of the new government that will emerge after the 2010 general elections will not be “bought by coercion, trickery or bribery”, declares the statement of the border-based Ethnic Nationalities Council (ENC) following its 3-day conference, 26-28 August.
SSA-N leader denied eye treatment
The leader of the Shan State Army (SSA) North and Chairman of the Shan State Peace Council, Maj-Gen Hso Ten, who had received 106 year jail sentences on 3 November 2005 along with other elected Shan leaders, has been suffering from eye problem, but he was denied eye check, according to the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), the party that won the 1990 elections in Shan state.
Weekly Diary, No. 316 (23 – 29 August 2008)
Research paper: Drug free Asean by 2015 unrealistic
The latest report by a veteran research team from Europe that came out Saturday, 23 August, has concluded that the Asean target to make the Southeast Asian region drug-free by 2015 is “obviously unattainable.”
SHRF MONTHLY REPORT - AUGUST 2008
Harn Yawnghwe: UN efforts deserve support
Current UN operations in Burma, despite varied outcomes, are worth solid support from the people of Burma whose needs are such any assistance, big or small, is a blessing, according to Brussels-based Burma activist Harn Yawnghwe.
Weekly Diary, No. 315 (16 – 22 August 2008)
Junta commander: Thailand violating Burmese sovereignty
In a public speech given to the local officials and people yesterday at a location in Shan State’s Mongton township, opposite Chiangmai, the Burma Army commander of the Triangle Region Command had charged Thailand of “violating the territorial integrity” of Burma, according to sources on the border.
Weekly Diary, No. 314 (8 – 15 August 2008)
Continued human rights violation in Shan State
Villagers from Kehsi township, Southern Shan State, were forced to porter and one had been killed by the Burma Army during portering, according to sources who fled to the border.
Shan ceasefire group meet ends without public statement
The ceasefire Shan State Army (SSA) North’s almost a month long meeting ended last Monday, 4 August, without issuing any public statement, according to sources from northern Shan State.
Former ceasefire group to form political party for 2010 election
Shan Nationalities Peoples’ Liberation Organization (SNPLO), a ceasefire group in southern Shan State that recently surrendered on 3 August under the pressure from the Burmese military has decided to form a state-based party to enter the 2010 elections, according to a source from anti-junta PaO National Liberation Organization (PNLO).
Weekly Diary, No. 313 (2 – 8 August 2008)
Breaking News: Junta commanders visit Chiangrai
Commanders of the military regions bordering Thailand have arrived this morning in Chiangrai to hold the Regional Border Committee (RBC) meeting with their Thai counterparts, according to Thai security sources.
Shan Migrants Vulnerable to HIV Infection
An oral presentation entitled HIV-related knowledge, attitudes, stigma, and testing history among Shan migrants in northern Thailand was delivered on August 4, at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. The conference was attended by an estimated 23,000 participants from all over the globe, including scientists, community leaders and activists, and political leaders, including Mexican president Felipe Calderon Hinojosa and Ban Ki-moon, Director-General of the United Nations.
More trafficking of women reported
In Kachin State, north of Burma, not only Kachin women were trafficked, but of many other ethnic women like Shan, Palaung, Chinese and Burmese women were being sold to Chinese men as wives and sex industries on the Sino-Burma border while looking for work, according to a report by a Kachin group which came out today.
Activists urge people to boycott Burmese “Blood Jade” in Beijing Olympic
Activists are calling on global consumers to boycott souvenirs and jewelry made of Burmese jade in order to avoid supporting Burma’s abuse-ridden jade mining industry that provides the military regime with one of its largest sources of solid cash, according to a new report released today.
Junta beefs up security in Shan State
Apparently in anticipation of the upcoming 2010 elections, the Burma Army has been reinforcing key military regions with fresh units from lower Burma, according to an informed border source.
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